Washed clean by spiritual baptism

• A family driving home after a holiday weekend starts debating a touchy issue. Within minutes, accusations are flying back and forth inside their little car. Quietly, a teenager in the back seat asks, "Has anybody thought about praying?" Everyone agrees (a little sheepishly) to listen to God for a few minutes. Afterward, there are soft looks all around, apologies, and healing.

• A young couple are dating and very much in love. They plan to be married someday. But in the meantime, it sometimes seems awfully hard not to show their love in physical ways, ways they both want to save till after they're married. So they ask God to help them wash their love clean—to help them build a more spiritual, more "forever" kind of love. And their prayers are answered.

Just a trip around the sun
January 3, 1994

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